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  1. A record 1,101 manatees died in 2021 — the most deaths in a year since 830 manatees in 2013 — and officials have long feared that toll will grow this winter.
  2. Cleanup work is underway at a site where more than 300,000 gallons of diesel spilled just outside New Orleans. Documents show pipeline repairs were delayed after an inspection indicated corrosion was not bad enough to require work immediately under federal regulations.
  3. A planned widening of Interstate 275 north of Interstate 4 includes sound barrier walls all along the way, except at Robles Park. Some Hillsborough County officials have a problem with that.
  4. A Florida Senate committee on Tuesday gave bipartisan approval to a controversial bill that could mean major changes to the rooftop solar industry in Florida.
  5. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of a legislative session, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
  6. In this May 1, 2018, file photo, the Richmond, Va., city skyline is seen in the horizon behind the coal ash ponds along the James River near Dominion Energy's Chesterfield Power Station in Chester, Va. In the first first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency is ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites.
  7. Senator Jason Brodeur, R- Lake Mary, embraces someone ahead of the Senate session at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Opening Day of the Florida Legislature on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  8. A manatee swims at Hunter Spring Park on Kings Bay in Crystal River in 2021.
  9. More than 500 pounds of fish and sharks were caught by 10 people using illegal gill nets at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, state officials announced this week.
  10. Tampa Electric Co. uses sheep to maintain the property at its existing solar farm in the Big Bend area of southern Hillsborough. The utility is seeking a land use change as a precursor for developing nearly 105 acres at the intersection of Big Bend Road and U.S. 41 into another solar farm.
  11. Tampa's tree ordinance was preempted by a state law in 2019. The city's senior forester says an upcoming analysis of the city's canopy will likely show a reduction in coverage, in part because of the law.  [Times files]
  12. In this undated photo provided by The Chester Zoo shows two "tequila splitfin" fish in an aquarium at the Chester Zoo in Chester, England. This fish that swam in the spring-fed waters of west-central Mexico disappeared toward the end of the 20th century, however scientists and local residents have achieved the unthinkable: the return of a species extinct in nature, but conserved in captivity, to its native habitat.
  13. Dead fish fill the end of a canal near St. Petersburg's Snell Isle Marina off Snell Island on July 16 as a Red Tide bloom persists on the Florida Gulf Coast.
  14. An aerial view Monday shows floods caused by heavy rains in the city of Itapetinga, the southern region of the state of Bahia, Brazil.
  15. Three bald eagles perch on a dirt mound at the Hernando County landfill.
  16. Manatees in the central Brevard County stretch of the Indian River will be fed this winter as part of an emergency response.
  17. President Joe Biden salutes as he steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Monday after spending the weekend at his Delaware home. Biden's administration is raising vehicle mileage standards to significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.
  18. Stands of mangroves populate the Anclote River shoreline on land where developer Morgan Group has received approval from Tarpon Springs to build 404 apartments.
  19. Apollo arrived at his new home at Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Dec. 14, 2021.
  20. Victoria Byerly-Zuck plays with her 3-year-old son at a shelter for people who lost their homes in the tornado that tore through her town of Mayfield, Ky., Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. Her son is struggling to understand what happened and has tried to get into cars that arrive at the shelter in the hope that they will take him home. She doesn't know how to explain to him that that they have no home to go to. (AP Photo/Claire Galofaro)
  21. "With a flick of his finger, the stock market soars or swoons," Time wrote in a profile of its 2021 Person of the Year Elon Musk.
  22. The Florida Wildlife Commission has proposed adding seven daylight hours to the annual public alligator hunt, which typically takes place at night, making the activity a 24-hour experience.
  23. Blood is drawn Friday for analysis from a critically endangered Kemps ridley sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. The reptile was one of 20 flown to the hospital after being rescued from Cape Cod Bay.
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